USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)


 
 

Sponsor of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)

Dorothy Bush Koch

Dorothy Walker Bush Koch, often called "Doro," was born August 18, 1959, in Harris County, Texas.  She is the daughter of the 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and the youngest sibling of George W. Bush, the 43rd President. Her other four siblings are Jeb Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, and Robin Bush, who died of leukemia in 1953.  She is married to Bobby Koch, president and CEO of Wine Institute. The Kochs have four children.

Dorothy attended Miss Porter's School and earned a B.A. in sociology from Boston College in 1982.

She lives with her family in Bethesda, Maryland, and works organizing events and raising money for charities and other non-profit organizations. She has also served as a Pioneer fundraiser for her brother's presidential campaigns.

She is involved in various community activities. She serves on the board of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she formerly worked in the Development Office. The hospital specializes in treating people with physical disabilities caused by spinal cord and head injuries, stroke, arthritis, amputation, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome and other neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Mrs. Koch also has an interest in education and serves on the board for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The foundation's mission is to establish literacy as a value in every family in America by helping every family in the nation understand that the home is the child's first school in which the parent is the child's first teacher and that reading is the child's first subject. The foundation supports the development of family literacy programs where parents and children can learn and read together. Mrs. Koch is the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in Maryland Initiative, which raises money to support family literacy programs all over the state of Maryland.

She is the author of the book My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H.W. Bush. It is a daughter's memoir of her extraordinary father, who happened to become the 41st President of the United States.

She sponsored the commission of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77), her father's namesake. On January 10, 2009, she gave the first orders to the ship's company at Norfolk, Virginia.